Creative Boom has today launched eight new art prints by some of your favourite illustrators and graphic designers. Available exclusively via its Shop with themes that celebrate humanity and remind us of our place in the world while bringing a little creative joy to our home and studio walls.
Participating artists include Noma Bar, Zoë Barker, Sarah Boris, Marylou Faure, Peter Greenwood, Dani Molyneux, Danielle Rhoda, and Wendy Wong. They join the existing lineup that features Maaike Canne, Luis Mendo, Murugiah, Supermundane and Haley Tippmann.
Each artwork is available in an A3 poster, printed on the finest Giclée art paper and produced to museum-certified archival standards, guaranteed for more than 100 years. All are sold exclusively via Creative Boon's Shop, and we're incredibly proud to say that all printing, postage, cloud storage, energy and travel is 100% carbon neutral. And we deliver to anywhere in the world, tracked and insured with postage included in the price.
We launched our Shop last November to offer further support to the creative community, one that we've passionately championed since 2009 through our magazine, podcast and entire network. What's more, we share half of all profits with those we collaborate with and donate 10% of our portion to Create – the UK's leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts.
We'll now share a little more detail about each of the eight artists below and give you an overview of the exclusive print they've created for Creative Boom. You can subscribe to our shop newsletter if you'd like to hear of future drops, too.
The Last Emperor by Noma Bar
Playful, imaginative and with a whole load of negative space and minimalism, Noma Bar creates work that speaks volumes without using any words and is instantly recognisable the world over.
The Israel-born graphic designer and illustrator has produced illustrations for publications like The Guardian and New York Times and book covers for Don DeLillo and Haruki Murakami. He's also created ad campaigns for Google, Sony and Nike. "I always try to say more with less," he says, "and communicate complex ideas by using minimal visual elements."
For Creative Boom, Noma has created The Last Emperor – an exclusive artwork inspired after reading an article that stated 98% of emperor penguin colonies could be extinct by 2100. "As we are all aware of the global warming issues, I thought about creating an image that brings a symbolic commitment between humans and nature," Noma explains. "A handshake between two sides that forms a penguin and also a human hand that takes care of him."
Love Boom by Sarah Boris
Artist and designer Sarah Boris has enjoyed quite a phenomenal career so far, working with some of the world's leading publishing houses and art organisations, including Phaidon Press, The Photographers' Gallery, Tate and Barbican. Sarah notably crafted the fresh identity for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2010.
For Creative Boom, she has created an exclusive graphic artwork titled Love Boom. "I envision words as sculptural totems," Sarah says. "This is how I created this typographic artwork where the letters connect and blend to illustrate the word love. In future, I hope it will become a sculpture that could be on permanent display in a park or grey corner of town. I wanted the colours to pop to bring joy."
Pink and red together happen to be one of Sarah's favourite colour combinations. And the letters are custom made for the piece. "I studied typography and calligraphy, so it has somehow resurfaced in this artwork," she adds.
Dotto is the "type-twisting" creative studio of artist and designer Dani Molyneux, bringing change through words and working with people who have something to say, and want to say it loud. Dotto is about community, collaboration and taking up space. Powerful messages through playful type.
For Creative Boom, Dani has created an exclusive print titled Eyes Will Roll. "It's for the moments that require it," she says, asking us to imagine the tune of Heads Will Roll by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs for full effect. "A small act of defiance. Inspired by a pandemic, an ongoing stream of challenging news and events, and a nudge back against a pressure to remain positive at all times. I have perfected the glorious eye roll with a lifetime of practice."
I Love It Here by Marylou Faure
Specialising in character design, bold colours, and graphic compositions, French artist and illustrator Marylou Faure aspires to create artwork that invokes joy with her cheeky and playful style. So far, she's worked for global brands such as Netflix, Nike, Apple and Instagram.
For Creative Boom, Marylou has created I Love It Here, an exclusive artwork sparked during a recent trip to California. "It's inspired by the brightness and warmth of Los Angeles. Everything shines here. There's so much light. It's amazing," she says. If anyone could create the ideal colour palette that perfectly captures the City of Angels, it's Marylou.
Happy Pose by Wendy Wong
Wendy Wong is an illustrator, originally from Manchester, now based in London. She studied Fashion Textiles at the University of the Arts London, graduating with honours in 2014. Her signature style is graphic with bold lines and bright colours. She often interprets adult themes, drawn in a childish yet charming way.
For Creative Boom, Wendy has created Happy Pose – a joyful artwork that reminds us to smile even when times might be hard. "I love looking at weird body shapes, so they find their way into my work a lot," says Wendy. "I see every piece of art as a chance to have fun and experiment. This is my happy pose!"
Wanderers by Zoë Barker
Zoë Barker is an award-winning illustrator and artist based in Norwich who loves to work with various materials, including watercolour, colouring pencil and pen, but always with an eye for detail. Her clients thus far include Harrods, Cartier and Liberty of London.
For Creative Boom, Zoë has created Wanderers, an artwork of colouring pencil on paper and a piece about the normality and joy of wandering. "During the pandemic, I missed safely walking and regularly bumping into people," she tells us. "I missed going to see my family and friends, but I also just missed the little interactions that make our days more colourful. The little chats with other dog walkers, the wave from someone I see every day, and the general bustle of people going about their days.
"Each of these little people represents a world that we get a glimpse into when we pass them by and an opportunity to be a part of when we acknowledge and engage them. Can you tell I love to chat to people in the street?"
Primavera en Ciutadella by Danielle Rhoda
An illustrator, animator and maker of things, Danielle Rhoda, is originally from Poland and currently based between Barcelona and the UK. She gravitates towards illustrating different people and is passionate about depicting diversity in a "delicate, sensitive but also a naive way".
For Creative Boom, Danielle has created an artwork titled Primavera en Ciutadella. It was inspired by her time spent in Barcelona and one of its city parks. "Placed in the centre of the busy, bustling city, it seemed like an oasis," she explains, "an island you can escape to, so full of life while at the same time so peaceful. I've enjoyed recording some of the park goers in a series of drawings and sketches." It's an artwork that makes us long for summer days, spent with friends, enjoying the sunshine and each other's company.
Whiff Whaff by Peter Greenwood
Peter Greenwood is a British illustrator living and working in Brighton. Inspired by mid-century artists and graphic designers, he loves strong flat graphical shapes, the use of negative space and a sense of depth and shadow to give his artworks a focus.
For Creative Boom, Peter has created an exclusive artwork titled Whiff Whaff, inspired by the joy of Ping Pong. "I love it and have a table at home," he says. "My neighbours come around to play, and that is such fun and can get very competitive. Have to have ska music on very loud on these occasions. We love a game of Whiff Whaff.
"My bat was on the table in strong sunlight, so I got the sketchbook out, and it inspired me to do this illustration and make it as graphic as possible…..simplicity being the key." For anyone who loves table tennis, Peter's exclusive print is a must.